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A country on my short list to visit is Iceland, though that is hardly original as Iceland has basically been exploding with tourism in recent years, and the US airlines have been starting up service from their hubs. United announced new summer service from Newark to Iceland, which would make a great free stopover using the Excursionist Perk on the way to Europe.
Now it is American’s turn to announced service to Reykjavik-Keflavik beginning on June 7, 2018, and running until October 27, 2017, from their Dallas hub! I’m actually more excited about this announcement than United’s because it is just a six-hour flight from Newark – Iceland so being able to use miles to book a lie-flat seat or use status to secure extra legroom seats isn’t quite as important as it is from Texas where the Iceland flights clock in at about eight hours. For the shorter flights to Iceland from the Northeast, it is easier to suck it up and just score a great deal on WOW or Icelandair than it is from the middle of the country.
American will fly this new route on a 176-seat Boeing 757-200 with lie-flat business class seats and will begin selling tickets next week on November 20, 2017. While there are no guarantees, sometimes award availability is quite good when American first loads new flights in their system, so stay tuned to see if that plays out this time around.
American will be competing with Icelandair and WOW Air who are also flying this route from Dallas next summer, though I think that the American Airlines flight arrival and departure times are preferable as the flight to KEF will depart DFW at 8:20 PM and arrive at 9:15 AM and the return flight will depart KEF at 11:10 AM and arrive in DFW at 2:50 PM.
Are Iceland and this new American Airlines route on your travel radar for 2018?
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